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QB Tom Savage - Houston Texans

6-4, 228Born: 4-26-1990College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Savage had his best game yet this year against Arizona, but he shouldn't be near our lineups against Baltimore this week. He does have some 2QB/Superflex value against the Titans and 49ers in Weeks 13 and 14, and the Texans could be in playoff contention if they pull off the upset at the Ravens in Week 12.

Week 12: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Texans offense, once flying high under rookie passer Deshaun Watson, has predictably stalled with Tom Savage under center. Savage simply doesn't look equipped to quarterback on this level: he lacks real feel for the pocket and pressure, absorbing untimely sacks and throwing with terrible rhythm. He's also a turnover machine, with three interceptions and a seemingly-impossible seven fumbles over just five appearances. Across 3 starts since Watson's injury, Savage has completed just 52.7% of his throws for a Blaine Gabbert-esque 4.61 adjusted net yards per attempt. It's encouraging at least that he knows where his bread buttered: top wideout DeAndre Hopkins is still drawing a relentless target share (34.8% since Watson's injury), so Savage is at least maximizing his ability by putting his faith into the Texans' best player. But since we can't expect any real efficiency or Watson-esque dynamism from a Savage-led offense, Hopkins is essentially the only fantasy-worthy play here - at least until the mega-explosive Will Fuller returns, which could be this week. Even then, though, it's hard to project Savage's awful mechanics and scattershot arm to extend beyond Hopkins. DeAndre Hopkins has been an All-Pro-caliber receiver all year, but he'll have his Week 12 hands full with cornerback Jimmy Smith, who's been fantastic all year, and rookie Marlon Humphrey on the other side. The Ravens' real vulnerability lies inside, where slot man Lardarius Webb and the team's athletically challenged linebackers and safeties struggle mightily in coverage. This subsection has settled down a bit of late, even denying breakout slot stud Adam Thielen a strong day (41 yards on 12 targets) in Week 7, but remains the key to success against the Ravens defense. Quick throws to the slot also help neutralize the Ravens' dynamic pass rush. For Texans quarterback Tom Savage, of course, quick reads and throws are generally foreign; prepare for Savage to try and test the outside guys with Hopkins (and perhaps Will Fuller) on downfield routes. That would make for a truly boom-or-bust outlook in this matchup - and given Savage's awful play thus far, it's fair to side with the Ravens and project modest Houston passing numbers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
9 vs IND 71 19 44 219 1 0 0 0 0 1 12.95
10 at LAR 68 18 36 221 1 2 2 0 0 2 11.05
11 vs ARI 70 22 32 230 2 1 1 3 0 1 17.8
12 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 18 31 * * * 1 * * * *
12 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 19 33 * * * 2 * * * *
12 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 19 34 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs ARI (22 / 32 / 230 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

It was a rough start for Tom Savage after leading the Texans to an early touchdown drive in the game. Savage was sacked and fumbled which was recovered by Arizona then soon after threw an interception that was tipped into the hands to Patrick Peterson. Before Savage struggled to gain his composure but then settled down and went to work completing over 70% of his passes in the second half. Savage made the biggest difference in his game completing 70% of his passed in the 10-19 yard range eating up yards. Minus the two turnover, Savage had a very efficient day throwing a touchdown pass to Lamar Miller for 7 yards and DeAndre Hopkins for 28 yards. He also made some play outside of the pocket that has not been seen from Savage. It was a good result and it is interesting to see if he can do it again.

2017 Week 10 vs LAR (18 / 36 / 221 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

It started strong for Tom Savage but quickly fell a part after 4 turnovers that doomed the Texans. Savage threw for 221 yards with a touchdown to Bruce Ellington on a 26 yard touchdown pass. Savage looked comfortable in the second quarter going 6 of 10 with the touchdown to Ellington and a pick late in the 1st half in the red zone. Savage then went backwards with a fumble on a blitz that was in his face and took the sack. He also fumbled early in the game after his guard was beat with no issues and he did not see them prior to the sack. Savage struggled to make a mark on the field only completing 18 of 36 and continually threw into coverage. There were only 2 interceptions on the day but it could have been 4 if the Rams would have hung onto the ball or not committed penalties. It will be interesting to see the route the Texans take moving forward with the quarterback position with two poor performances by Savage in a row.

2017 Week 9 vs IND (19 / 44 / 219 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was Tom Savage's first start since week one and what was a high flying offense under Deshaun Watson was anything but that on Sunday with Savage running the offense. With slow reads and anticipation, he completed 19 of 44 passes on the game and at one point heading into the 4th quarter only completed 2 passes of 10 yards on nearly 20 attempts. He did get rolling late in the game when he hit DeAndre Hopkins on 34 yard touchdown strike on a go route. Savage had accuracy issues all game and was sailing passes out of bounds majority of the game. IT was not a good look for Savage and it is clear that the Texans might be looking in a different direction moving forward if they can find the right option.

2017 Week 1 vs JAX (7 / 13 / 62 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tom Savage did not get much help today playing quarterback but part was his fault too. Holding onto the ball too long caused some unnecessary hits and sacks but he was 7 of 13 for 62 yards with two fumbles lost due to being hit from the blindside. Savage had some nice throws to C.J. Fiedororicz to the middle of the field for 15 yards to his big tight end. Also, Savage had a nice 3rd down throw to Stephen Anderson for 11 yards to extend an early drive. What made matters worse for Savage was no help from his receivers who had four drops behind him. Ryan Griffin dropped a pass after being hit, Bruce Ellington dropped an easy pass outside of the number but DeAndre Hopkins gave zero help. Hopkins dropped a crossing route that would have been a catch and run but the worst of them all came on a deep ball from Savage on the first drive that hit him right in the hands only to fall incomplete. No doubt Savage needs to speed up but he received little help from his supporting cast.

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Texans | Tom Savage does enough to win (Sun Nov 19, 09:08 PM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage completed 22 of his 32 pass attempts for 230 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 11 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Texans | Tom Savage off injury report (Fri Nov 17, 05:04 PM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage (shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 17, and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 11 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Texans | Houston injury report for Friday (Fri Nov 17, 04:53 PM) - Houston Texans LB Dylan Cole (hamstring), OT Julie'n Davenport (shoulder) and WR Will Fuller (ribs) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and are out for Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. RB Alfred Blue (hamstring), Greg Mancz (knee, chest) and WR Chris Thompson (knee) did not practice and are listed as questionable, as is DE Joel Heath (knee) who participated on a limited basis. OG Jeff Allen (hand), OT Chris Clark (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), NT Brandon Dunn (shoulder), WR Bruce Ellington (ribs), LB Ben Heeney (elbow), CB Kareem Jackson (shoulder), LB Jelani Jenkins (hand), LB Johnathan Joseph (knee), QB Tom Savage (shoulder), LB Brennan Scarlett (knee) and DE Carlos Watkins (non-injury related) practiced in full and were lifted from the injury report.

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Texans | Full practice for Tom Savage (Thu Nov 16, 05:01 PM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Savage hasn't looked much better than when he was benched for Deshaun Watson. Avoid him, and pray he doesn't weigh down DeAndre Hopkins too much.
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Texans | Tom Savage practices Wednesday (Wed Nov 15, 06:11 PM) - Houston Texans QB Tom Savage (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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